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How to Stay Safe and Comfortable at Theme Parks

June 28, 2015, 2:05 PM · Are theme parks really safe?

Fans who've been visiting the parks for years know that we're far more likely to get hurt on the streets driving to our favorite parks than to suffer harm inside their gates. But when the rest of the public reads stories about horrible incidents such as the recent death associated with Six Flags Magic Mountain's Revolution coaster, or the inexplicable mass burn incident at a water park in Taiwan, people get concerned.

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Fans come to parks looking for thrills, but they should remember to keep their common sense with them, too.

In my Orange County Register column this week, I write about what visitors can do to stay safe in theme parks:

With ticket prices pushing $100 a day at Disneyland, and rising at many other area parks, you might feel pressure to start rushing to squeeze as much value as you can from your time in the park.

Don’t.

You’re not getting value from your theme park tickets if you or your kids are miserable. You’re not getting value if the ride you’ve waited an hour for shuts down because your child is crying. And you’re certainly not getting value if you or anyone around you is putting their health at risk.

While parks offer a substantially safe environment for their visitors, we can take steps to ensure that not only do we and our loved ones remain safe, but that we spend the day in comfort rather than misery. I hope you'll take a look at my Register column today, as well as other posts on Theme Park Insider about theme park safety.

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June 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM · I felt more unsafe from the patrons than the park itself. I always try to be aware of the crowds. And I always try to not be the first.

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